The Raptors won the first game of the NBA finals yesterday. It’s the easiest thing in the world to recognise. Their goal was to be the biggest, fittest, most organised, efficient, accurate team that scores the most points and concedes the least. They won.
I think the NBA is beautiful and awe-inspiring, but it is not in my interests to try and make it as a pro baller. I’m only 6’1, already in my 30’s and I live in Africa – also I have never played a real game of basketball in my life – to name just a few hurdles i have. I wouldn’t win that game.
So how do you win at audio? More art than sport, there is scope to make your own rules and your own goals. Here’s my suggested list of things to do to feel like you are getting the most you can from your listening:
- Read about music as you listen to it
- Understand the equipment which you listen to
- Play an instrument, even if you do it badly
- Record yourself
- Choose your own music, rather than letting the app, radio or the TV decide
- Create a physical space and ritual dedicated to listening
- Write about your audio experiences